Tuesday, March 21, 2017

From our Orange County Caucus Sisters


Are you angry yet?  If not, you should be!

Since the inauguration, we have struggled to keep up with all the events and meetings.  And, and of course, keeping up with Trump's rantings on Twitter. As a result of the fallout from the election, people are angry and they want to be more involved in the political process. We have more citizens stepping up to run for office than ever before.  I couldn't be happier to see so many citizens who are engaged enough that they are taking time out of their busy schedules to rally at their Congress person's district office and attend meetings to strategize.

As you are well aware, several bills have been introduced that will destroy social programs, eliminate the EPA, de-fund Planned Parenthood, and repeal the Afordable Care Act.  We have our work cut out for us!  And that's why  we need you to join us for our monthly meetings and join NWPC OC or renew your membership!   Below is a sampling of the bills that NWPC is concerned about:

HR 610 - Vouchers for Public Education
HR 899 - Terminate Public Education
HR 370 - Repeal Affordable Care Act
HR 354 - Defund Planned Parenthood
HR 147 - Criminalizing Abortion

Join NWPC OC for our monthly meetings to strategize, hear what the experts have to say, and write letters (at the conclusion of each meeting) to our Representatives. 

Upcoming Meetings & Events
NWPC OC has FOUR (and counting) great events coming up that we want you to know about.

March 21:
  Visit our table at the Orange Coast College Resource Fair between 10 am & 2 pm.  2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa.
March 22:  Join NWPC OC for the Monthly Members' Meeting, featuring Special Guest Speaker, Ana Gonzalez, Public Affairs Advocacy Manager with PPOSBC.  The meeting will be held at the home of Lisa Gallagher in Anaheim - address given upon registration.  Visit our Event page for details and to register.

April 22:
  Join NWPC OC and Represent OC at OCEA, 830 N. Ross St., Santa Ana, for a Panel Discussion with Elected Leaders and Campaign Organizers.  If you are a candidate in the 2018 election cycle, you won't want to miss this!  Download the flyer or visit the Event Page for details and to register.

April 26:
  Join NWPC OC for the Monthly Members' Meeting, featuring a Panel Discussion with experts who work with Sexual Assault victims.  The meeting will be held at the Duck Club in Irvine.  Download the flyer or visit the Event page for details and to register.
Sherri Loveland: NWPC OC

NWPC OC · PO Box 14133, Irvine, CA 92623-4133, United States

Thursday, March 9, 2017

How These States Are Fighting to Protect Reproductive Rights

How These States Are Fighting to Protect Reproductive Rights

Feb 08, 2017

Amid uncertainty over the future of reproductive health care coverage in the U.S., some states are going on the offensive.
President Donald Trump has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act — citing a potential replacement in the next year or so — but hasn't been clear on whether the new law will retain access to birth control without co-pays. Although Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court is unlikely to lead to an immediate repeal of Roe v. Wade, the president has long cited the possibility that adding an anti-abortion rights judge to the court could reverse the ruling. In response, some states that favor current laws regarding birth control and abortion care coverage are introducing bills that could keep access intact should changes happen.
"There are states all around the country that have their eye on what is happening at the national level, and looking at what can we do in our state," says Lorie Chaiten, director of the women's and reproductive rights project for ACLU of Illinois.
Legislators in Oregon introduced a bill in January called the Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 2232) that is intended to ensure insurance providers in the state cover contraception without copays, even in the event that the Affordable Care Act is repealed. It would also ensure similar coverage for reproductive health care services like sexually transmitted disease screenings and abortion. It also prohibits insurers from discriminating against a person based on their gender identity.
The Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 currently states that if the Supreme Court ever overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion will become illegal in the state. House Bill 40, which was introduced by legislators in January, seeks to repeal that provision in the law. It also seeks to ensure that women using Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance will have abortion coverage.
“If the Supreme Court ever overturns Roe, immediately in the state of Illinois all abortions become illegal and criminalized,” Illinois Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, who introduced House Bill 40, told the Chicago Sun Times. “To get ahead of what might be a nightmare scenario for women in this state, we should strike those words. We need to be ready in case the worst happens, the unthinkable.”
New York
In late January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a ballot amendment that would put women's right to an abortion in the state constitution. The governor announced his plan at a rally in support of Planned Parenthood, arguing New Yorkers should have the right to vote on the issue. Through this process, access would remain in place in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned or changed by the Supreme Court. The proposal hasn't been formally drafted yet.

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